1st Sunday: Jacob’s prayer pillow…see the previous post, Part 1. (Genesis 28:11-22)
2nd Sunday: Samuel’s Ebenezer Stone…when a “rock” is removed from it’s natural state and used for another purpose, it’s name changes to a “stone.” Idea: Our prayers remind us that “God has been good to us so far, and He will be good us going forward.” (1 Samuel 7:12)
This week we introduced “Rocks & Socks,” and began collecting socks for the local homeless shelter. Idea: Because God has been good to us so far, we can be good to others by donating socks for the months of January and February.
3rd Sunday: David’s 5 smooth stones…”Go with what you know and not with how you feel. For the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:49)
4th Sunday: The stone was rolled away from Jesus’ tomb to let His disciples in to see that He had risen. The scriptures tell us that Peter and John ran to the grave when they heard Jesus had risen from the women who came to visit the grave. John makes sure to tell us that he outran Peter (which just makes me chuckle.) Once they got to the tomb, Peter runs in and checks things out. John chooses to stand at the entrance. John then sees that the cloth that had wrapped Jesus’ body was folded and left in place. You know, I can tell who folded the towels at my house. I roll them. #1 Son folds them in half. Baby Girl folds them into thirds. I wonder if John knew it had to be Jesus by the way the cloth was folded? They did spend a whole lot of time together. That’s what good friends do. Idea: We want to know Jesus so well that we can see and know where He is and where He has been. (John 20:2-5)